Partners Advancing West Islip Schools (PAWS) held its 12th annual fundraising gala Friday at Captain Bill’s Bayview House in Bay Shore.

PAWS is a nonprofit organization that’s separate from the West Islip School District. The group works to raise funds for educational programs or services not provided by the district.

The honorees this year were Joe DeCarlo (community) and Kevin Murphy (education).

Below are photos from Jennifer Mercurio of Lasting Impressions Photography, located at 128 East Main Street in Bay Shore. Click here to follow Lasting Impressions on Facebook.

Top Photo: Winkler Real Estate agents Regina Forcino, Natalie Petrelli-Mills, Jamie Winkler, also the PAWS chairperson, and Ed Kaleck.


The PAWS 2017 Annual Gala journal cover.


The gala’s 2017 education honoree, Kevin Murphy, and his family.


The PAWS community honoree, Joseph DeCarlo, and his family.

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Bernadette Burns, the West Islip School District superintendent, Dawn Morrison, the principal of Manatuck Elementary School, Dr. Anthony Bridgeman, the principal of West Islip High School, and Lisa Martinolich, the assistant principal of West Islip High School.